Dealing with climate change will take state intervention, and so you can see how right-wing parties might think that playing the “freedom” card could be a good move, putting the ethical and practical issues about climate change impacts to one side here for the moment.
The results of Alberta’s tumultuous election once again demonstrate how petrostates can shift political baselines. And last night they shifted mightily in the bitumen-rich province and in this mining republic called Canada.
At the very moment when the world’s most knowledgeable scientists are warning that an all-too-literal hell lies in store for us, tinpot legislators in MAGA states are preparing to enforce the dominance of a deeply fossil-fuelized version of capitalism.
Like so much of life, the economy is very fragile. It can seem almightily powerful to most of us, most of the time. But that is not really the case.
Thus, what has to be done? Since the cause of right-wing populism is the failure of neoliberalism, cosmetic changes will not have a long-lasting effect, we need to rethink the entire system. We need to put food producers – not multinational corporations and supermarket chains – at the centre of the European food system and decision making.